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Vineyard Arts Project (VAP)
is an incubator for the creation of new work in dance and theatre. An artist residency located on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard, VAP provides visiting artists with the necessary time and rehearsal space, allowing them to focus solely on the development of their new work.

Applications are closed for the 2019 Season. Sign up for our email list to be the first to know when applications open up for the 2020 VAP Season. 

Artists receive:

  • Use of the VAP property for 7 days (3pm Sunday move-in – 12pm Saturday move-out). This includes bedrooms for your team with ensuite bathrooms, and access to the living/kitchen/dining space and studio. See more about the properties here. There are no pets and no smoking allowed on the property.

  • In-house property and event support from VAP staff.

  • For some weeks, we will host a “Meet the Residents” event on the last night, which is an informal gathering where you talk about your project and share a short excerpt from your work-in-progress with members of the public.

  • Marketing outreach via digital marketing and social media on VAP’s sites and to our mailing list recipients for the “Meet the Residents” event.

  • We consider all applicants no matter what their living arrangements require (i.e. one individual has a child and a caregiver). If your application is selected, we will work with you to meet those needs.

  • If you are selected, there will be an agreement we sign. We ask for no money and we don't take a royalty. We do require a title page credit on all future readings, showcases, productions, and publications as follows: “Title of work was developed, in part, at Vineyard Arts Project.” The agreement will also include house rules and full residency expectations.

Available Residency Dates:

Please confirm that your entire team is available for all of the dates. Arrivals are late Sunday and departures are the following Saturday, mid morning. The dates for the 2020 residencies are:


  • April 5-11, 2020

  • April 12-18, 2020

  • April 19-25, 2020

  • April 26 - May 2, 2020

  • May 3-9, 2020

  • May 10-16, 2020

  • May 17-23, 2020

  • May 24-30, 2020


  • August 30 - September 5, 2020

  • September 6-12, 2020

  • September 13-19, 2020

  • September 20-26, 2020

  • September 27 - October 3, 2020

  • October 4-10, 2020

  • October 11-17, 2020

  • October 18-24, 2020

  • October 25-31, 2020


VAP’s artist-in-residence program is for established and emerging national and international performing artists who:

  • Are developing new work that is relevant to diverse audiences. If you are submitting for a musical theatre project, all music must be original.

  • Are exploring their interests and questions with thoughtful processes and can articulate a context for their work.

  • Are excited by the opportunity to share their work with a community of artists and who embrace dialogue with audiences as a meaningful part of their process.

  • If you are a solo artist, please note that our panelists will give preference to collaborating teams because of the value we place in bringing artists together for intensive work.

Projects will be chosen through an internal panel review.

Past VAP artists-in-residence include: Ars Nova, BalletCollective, The Creator’s of the Amazon Prime series Transparent, The Ashley Bouder Project, Cirio Collective, Emily Kikta & Peter Walker, The Public Theater, Gemma Bond, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, Far From the Tree with Michael Greif, Pontus Lidberg Dance, No)one. Art House, The Black Iris Project, Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY, Home Street Home, and many more.


  • To apply for a VAP residency, please fill out and submit our application form which will be available online.

  • Applications require a project description, artist bio(s), and work samples.


  1. Choose the discipline category that best reflects your project
    Dance, Theatre, Musical Theatre, or Multidisciplinary

  2. Project Title

  3. Project Summary
    In two sentences or less, please summarize the project you would like to develop in a VAP residency. (300 characters)

  4. Project Description
    In more detail, please tell us about the project you would like to develop in a VAP residency. What is it? Why is it important? What impact do you hope it might have? Please place the project in context with your past work and your artistic practice. If multidisciplinary, tell us how the various disciplines interact and serve the whole. (2500 characters)

  5. Artist Name(s) and Bio(s)
    Please share the name, project role, and a brief bio for three to five key collaborators involved in the residency. Please identify a primary contact for the proposal and residency process. (3000 characters)

  6. Project Developmental History
    Tell us about the developmental history of the project up until this moment. Feel free to include ideation and research phases. What did you learn from past developmental phases? How have those learnings informed next steps? Where are you now? Please include any confirmed future residencies and/or productions. (2000 characters)

  7. Residency Goals
    Tell us what you want to achieve in this residency, and where you hope the project will be at the conclusion of a VAP residency. Be as specific as possible about what resources are necessary for you to achieve your goals, and how you would use the time, space, and resources provided. (1500 characters)

  8. Specify preferred residency dates (option to state no preference).
    See “Available Residency Dates” for selection of residency weeks.

  9. How did you hear about VAP and our residency program?

  10. Have you been part of someone else's VAP residency?

  11. Accessibility
    If a member of your team requires handicapped accessibility, we will provide accessible housing upon request. Please indicate if accessible housing is needed for your team.


Please share the following work samples to demonstrate your work. Be sure to tell us how it relates to the project you are proposing in the additional details section.

  • Video is encouraged. We prefer unedited video (as opposed to promotional footage). Please submit 3 videos and direct us to a particular section of the work that is 5-10 minutes in length. (Dance/Multidisciplinary)

  • Musical Theatre projects must submit 3 songs. We require both audio samples and a lyrics sheet. Please direct us to a 3-5 minute section of the audio, if applicable. At least one of the songs must be from the submitted musical and the remaining songs will be by the composer from different projects. (Musical Theatre)

  • Playwrights must submit scripts. Please direct us to a 20-30 page section of the play. Include title and writers’ names on the first page and number the pages. You can choose any 20-30 pages, but if they are not the first 20-30 pages, include a paragraph at the beginning to set the stage. (Theatre/Musical Theatre)

We don't discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. If a writer requires wheelchair access, we will provide accessible housing for the entire team in one location, upon request.